Prof. Uju Patricia Egenti, Ogechukwu Mary Nwanna


Spiritual  and religious  factors  have been  linked to various  mental health  challenges  like substances use/ abuse, hysteria, neurosis, and psychotic delusion. This study investigates the role of spirituality and religious affiliations in mental health among students with deviant behaviours. However, recent studies have identified another side of religion that may serve as psychological problems. This paper reviews research on the relationship between religion and spirituality on mental health among students with deviant behaviours focusing on depression, suicide, anxiety and substance use/ abuse etc.  Religious and spiritual practices represent powerful source of comfort, hope and meaning. The research  was anchored  on Travis  Hirsch’s  theory  of social  control.  Findings  from the study  revealed  that  religious involvement together with different perspectives on spirituality, the hellfire notion and social bonds to parents, teachers,  churches  and schools can handle mental health  challenges  of students  with  deviant  behaviours.  Based  on  the  findings,  the  researchers  recommended among others that inculcating of religion and spirituality oriented habits in students for the overall development of their lives will go a long way in tackling deviant behaviours.


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